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June 7, 2005 8:12:55 PM

I am looking at this PCI card.

SYBA SD-SATA150R PCI SATA Controller Card RAID 0/1 - Retail
Model #: SD-SATA150R
Item #: N82E16815124006

I would use it as a boot disk with a raptor or move my RAID0 to this card and use the SATA connection on my NF7-S for a Raptor.

$17 + 1.99 shipping seems too nice.

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210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
GB Corsair XMS PC3200
BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
210x11.5 1.76v
512MB CVR PC3200
Sapphire 9500@9700
June 7, 2005 10:04:48 PM

Thanks... I might attempt to boot from this PCI card then and keep my RAID0 where it is connected to my motherboard... Buying a Raptor and this card seems doable...

<font color=red><b>NF7-S/MBarton 2500+
210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
GB Corsair XMS PC3200
BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
210x11.5 1.76v
512MB CVR PC3200
Sapphire 9500@9700
June 8, 2005 6:10:52 PM

One poster claims that it is the 3114R, but if it is not, it will work fine for connecting a Raptor, right?

I am sure I can search for this answer, and I have likely read through threads on this topic last year when I pondered buying a Raptor, but what will be the impact of buying a Raptor over a 200GB 8MB cache WD? After a fight with my wife about a new HDD, the $100 vs. ~$200 would make my home life worth while... but if a Raptor is worth not having sex for a month, well, I can take it.

<font color=red><b>NF7-S/MBarton 2500+
210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
GB Corsair XMS PC3200
BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
210x11.5 1.76v
512MB CVR PC3200
Sapphire 9500@9700
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June 8, 2005 8:00:44 PM

There's no such thing as a Sil3114R chip. Silicon image don't make RAID controllers, they make SATA controllers. All RAID controllers are is essentially a hard drive controller with a fancy BIOS hooked on to specify the disk access patterns. The "R" in his model specifications merely denotes the difference in the BIOS for each controller. Software RAID means there isn't an EPROM with the disk access patterns on it hooked up to the controller so if you want to run RAID the disk access patterns have to be determined at the OS level. Older non-RAID controller cards could be relatively easily modified and flashed with the RAID BIOS to turn a $20 controller card into a $100 RAID card.
June 8, 2005 9:47:03 PM

I do have an old Maxtor PCI card that shipped with an 80GB hard drive a few years back...

But the card in question will work fine if I go for an SATA Raptor, correct... I would just leave the RAID0 the way it is connected to my NF7-S.

But to Raptor or not to Raptor...

<font color=red><b>NF7-S/MBarton 2500+
210x11.5 1.82v SP-97
GB Corsair XMS PC3200
BBA 9800 Pro 423/369</font color=red><font color=black>
NF7-S/MBarton 2600+
210x11.5 1.76v
512MB CVR PC3200
Sapphire 9500@9700
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